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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Wastewater epidemiology

​​Scope of Research: The research involves interdisciplinary collaboration between Stellenbosch University and the University of Bath with a focus on the development of a real-time community- wide public health early warning system that is based on the measurement of biomarkers for disease, illicit drug use patterns and endocrine disruptors and other micro-pollutants in municipal wastewater and receiving rivers.  ​

The postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to work on individual research as well as to work within a team (Doctoral and Masters level students), and in addition, to gain experience in supervision as well as management of an international collaborative project.

Host: Department of Microbiology and Stellenbosch University Water Institute. 

Requirements: PhD (must have graduated within the last five years)  

  • Previous experience in the technical expertise necessary for chemical and biological water quality monitoring, wastewater treatment reactors/systems, metabolic microbial activity assessments, and water system ecology. Additionally, previous experience in independent project design and management must be demonstrated.
  • Familiarity with the wastewater industry, environmental policy and management, student supervision, and communication between governmental, industrial and academic role players.

Postdoctoral research fellows are not eligible for employee benefits since they are registered as research fellows and their bursaries are awarded tax-free.  

Commencement of duties: As soon as possible

Closing date: 30 March 2018

Enquiries: Send a letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae, including list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees, to Prof. Gideon Wolfaardt at the following e-mail address: